What is the HRDC?

HRDC, the Human Resources Development Council, works to strengthen the community and improve people’s lives.  People in Gallatin, Park and Meagher counties have been helped by HRDC since 1975.  Today HRDC provides 34 programs and services in the areas of Housing, Food & Nutrition, Child & Youth Development, Senior Empowerment, Community Transportation, Home Heating–Energy–Safety, and Community Development.  They are the organization that oversees the Warming Center and Community Showers, Food Bank, Community Café, Head Start, Streamline buses, Galavan, Youth Development Program, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Rental Assistance and Road to Home, and Energy Assistance.

BUMC primarily works with HRDC in the areas of food and shelter, so here’s a brief overview of some of their projects:

Housing – The Warming Center is open November 1 – March 31 to provide emergency seasonal shelter to anyone in need.  There are separate sleeping areas for men, women and families and the Center is open from 7 pm to 7 am.  This year they have averaged 35 guests per night and served over 150 individuals.  The Warming Center is entirely supported by community donations so they always welcome contributions and there are several ways you can volunteer.  You can read more about housing programs here. 

Food – Through the Gallatin Valley, Big Sky, and Headwaters Area Food Banks, food assistance is provided in the form of emergency food boxes, healthy snack packs for the weekend for elementary school children, nutritionally balanced lunches during the summer months, and supplemental foods to seniors. HRDC added the Community Café to its Nutrition initiative in 2012, offering free meals nightly, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Nutrition is vital for our area’s vulnerable senior and child populations, and their services touch 1 in 6 persons in Gallatin County.  This link is to their food and nutrition webpage.

For more information on these and other projects, please visit the following websites: